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    • LAKE FIRE UPDATE as of 7/2, 8:00 a.m.

      Location: Started at Camp de Benneville Pines south of Jenks Road. The fire is burning east of Jenks Lake toward Coon Creek and burning up Mt. Grinnell in the San Gorgonio Wilderness.
      Tonight portions on the southern edge of the fire may be visible to communities of Forest Falls. Crews will continue to work through the night and morning on containment efforts.
      Significant Events: All roads leading in and out of Big Bear are open. The area in the SR 38 corridor remains closed to all recreational use. Motorists may observe suppression repair crews and movement of heavy equipment along SR 38. Please be alert while traveling on the highway and yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicles.
      • Mopping up hotspots in the wilderness remains the priority for fire-containment. Crews continue to work in steep wilderness terrain to connect the containment lines. Additional efforts are focused on areas of the incident to repair suppression activities. Suppression repair crews will be progressing along the fireline from Rainbow Lane to Onyx Peak. Both of these efforts—mop up and repair—are important to complete prior to downsizing the operation and transferring management to the local fire resources.
      • Crews continue to patrol the fireline along the SR 38 corridor and in sections near Heartbreak Ridge. Additional crews will join the crews currently working the east side of the fire near the Pipes Canyon Road. Firefighters in this area will be extinguishing hot spots from the fire perimeter to an interior depth of at least 100 feet. Crews will be reinserted into the previously unstaffed wilderness areas. Firefighters will remain in the wilderness for three to four days to reduce travel time to and from the fire line. Suppression repair crews working along the SR 38 corridor will progress eastward using chippers, excavators, and other heavy equipment. • The damage assessment team continues to evaluate the fire area for further structure and infrastructure damage. The team has reported the loss of a residence and three outbuildings in the Burns Canyon area.
      Incident Description: Slow to moderate to rate of spread
      Roads: All roads leading into and out of Big Bear are open.
      Containment: 65%
      Estimate Containment Date: Unknown
      Acres Burned: 31,359 acres
      Cause: Undetermined and under investigation
      Structures: Approximately 500 structures are threatened with 1 residence burned. However, no additional structures are believed to be damaged or destroyed at this time.
      Voluntary Evacuations: Pioneertown
      Mandatory Evacuations: Mandatory evacuation remains in place for Burns Canyon. All other evacuations have been lifted.
      Forest Closures: San Gorgonio Wilderness is closed including all trails in this area. Also Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit. This includes all campgrounds located on Hwy. 38 between Angelus Oaks and Lake Williams.
      Animal Evacuation: contact 800.472.5609 or visit www.sbcounty.gov/acc
      Evacuation Centers: Copper Mountain College located at 6162 Rotary Way in Yucca Valley. There are 360 campers from Camp Oakes being evacuated from Camp Oakes to The American Red Cross Evacuation Center at Big Bear Community Church, 40946 Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake.
      Incident Command Center: Big Bear High School
      Peak Air Quality: Unhealthy for sensitive groups
      Total Fire Personnel: 1,936 | Fire crews: 46 | Engines: 40 | Air Attacks: 1 | Helicopters: 15 (Including night flying) | Water tenders: 6 | Dozers: 1
      • Additional resources have been ordered and will be arriving on the fire over the coming days.
      Water Source to aid Firefight: Firefighters are using Big Bear Lake as water source to aid firefight.
      Weather: The chance of rain and thunderstorms will begin to diminish as a hotter dryer air mass pushes into the area. Yesterday 0.1 to 0.2 inch of rain fell on the fire. Relative humidity increased due to the rain, and fire behavior will continue to be minimal. The overnight infrared mapping flight detected 30 spots of heat, primarily stump holes, within 300 feet of the southern perimeter in the wilderness. Another flight will happen this morning to further help crews identify hotspots.
      Fuels and Terrain Conditions: Timber with grass and understory.

      Big Bear Lake is open for business, with no immediate threat due to the recent lake fire.

      The fire is located in the San Gorgonio Wilderness, about a 25-mile drive from Big Bear Lake. The winds are expected to continue to blow east, which will help keep smoke out of Big Bear Lake Valley.

      If you would like up-to-the-minute information about the lake fire please call the lake fire hotline at 909-383-5688.

      The weather in Big Bear is expected to be in the high 70’s to low 80’s with clear skies. The air quality in Big Bear Lake is expected to be moderate. However, the air quality is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. To get the latest update for air quality conditions visit www.aqmd.gov.

      All weekend events and activities in Big Bear are not affected by the fire and will go on as planned.

      While you’re in town be sure to stop by the Big Bear Visitors Center or log onto our mobile site at www.BigBear.com come to learn about all there is to see and do in Big Bear this weekend.
    • BIG BEAR LAKE LISTED IN TOP 10 BEST LAKE VACATIONS BY YAHOO TRAVEL

      Yahoo's list of most top searched for lake vacations included Big Bear Lake. Read the full article and see why Big Bear Lake is #3 for Best Lake Vacations.
    • SCALE A TREE LIKE A MONKEY

      Action Tree Rope Climbing Tours offers a new outlook for outdoor adventure. Big Bear has the only operation in Southern California that offers tree rope climbing tours. It’s a new and exciting way to experience Big Bear's pine forest from a completely different perspective.
    • WE GIVE YOU THE WHEEL…FOR REAL

      New this year is an off-road jeep experience from Big Bear Jeep Experience that gives its customers the chance to get behind the wheel of a high-performance Jeep for some thrilling 4 x 4 action in the backwoods. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for many people, which might be comparable to getting an opportunity to speed around a NASCAR track in a race car for the first time.
    • MOUNTAIN BIKING STRONGER THAN EVER

      Snow Summit is the only lift-served mountain bike park in Southern California. It offers easy access to a network of trails via its Scenic Sky Chair that transports mountain bikers to the top of Snow Summit with bikes in tow. Once at the top, riders have the option to ride Big Bear's south shore trails system for cross country riding that includes the region's best single-track trails such as the Skyline Trail and Pine Knot Trail or the other option is to ride downhill trails located on the face of Snow Summit.
    • NEW SCAVENGER HUNT IN BIG BEAR

      Urban Adventure Quest has launched a new tour that turns Big Bear into a giant game board. The 90-minute tour takes teams of two to five players on a scavenger hunt through Big Bear Village to solve clues and complete challenges using a smart phone as a guide.
    • NEW BREWERY NOW OPEN

      Big Bear Lake Brewing Company features a large selection of draft and bottled craft beer and a menu of gourmet pub-style fare and brick oven pizzas. With six taps, the brewery will offer a wide array of its in-house beers crafted by award-winning brewmaster Ron VandenBroeke, which is available in pints, tasting flights and gallon-sized growlers to-go. The brewery's owner plans to bottle the beers for distribution in California and Nevada.
    • HIGHEST ALTITUDE VINEYARD AND WINERY IN NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

      At 6,750 feet above sea level, Stone Summit Vineyard in Big Bear Lake is now the highest-altitude commercial vineyard and winery in the Northern Hemisphere. More than 2,000 vines were planted beginning in May 2012, and it is expected to take at least two years before they are mature enough to produce wine.
    • HIGH ALTITUDE BREEDS CHAMPIONS

      World class athletes who have achieved a competitive edge from high altitude training in Big Bear Lake include: • 2013 World Outdoor 800m bronze medalist Brenda Martinez
      • 2008 & 2012 Olympic marathon runner Ryan Hall
      • Former boxing champions Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya, and "Sugar" Shane Mosely
      • Former Mixed martial arts champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Tito Ortiz, and Josh Barnett
    • VILLAGE GETS A FACELIFT

      Big Bear Village recently endured a thorough revitalization to improve the overall shopping experience. Major improvements include heated sidewalks, seat walls, outdoor fire pits, landscape developments, decorative street crossings, street signs and lighting.
      • BIG BEAR LAKE IS DOING IT'S PART TO GO GREEN FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

        Big Bear is creating a sustainable tourism environment. Local business' are taking steps to make their business green and environmentally friendly. Learn more about how Big Bear is going green.
      • SEGWAY TOURS

        Action Segway Tours introduces a new and environmentally friendly approach to explore Big Bear Lake by means of electric two-wheeled Segway Personal Transporters (Segway PT). Guests can now enjoy a fun and educational tour of the mountain resort on a Segway x2 model, which has the ability to navigate varied terrain with minimal environmental impact. Segway tour packages are now available to book online and open year-round!
      • A MEMORABLE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

        Enjoy a shopping experience like no other. The Big Bear Village has the ambiance of a quaint European village in the Alps. Snow-lined streets and a classy mountain motif add a special touch for a pleasant shopping adventure. Browse a collection of charming boutiques, specialty stores and gift shops filled with unique treasures. You are sure to find something for everyone including distinct gifts not found anywhere else. The Big Bear Village also has plenty of treats to satisfy your appetite from mom & pop diners to full service restaurants.
      • LIVE IT UP WITH VACATION PACKAGE DEALS ALL YEAR ROUND

        Guests can now visit Big Bear any time of the year and save money with vacation packages. Not only will Big Bear Lake vacation packages help take the stress out of vacation planning by combining lodging accommodations with outdoor activities, attractions and events, but guests will find savings of up to 25%. Some of the vacation packages guests can choose from include ski and snowboard lift tickets, mobile massage services, snowshoe tours, charter fishing trips, mountain bike rentals, and pontoon boat rentals.
      • BIG BEAR LAKE CENTRAL RESERVATIONS 800-424-4232

        As Big Bear Lake's official reservation service, we will provide you with the best available lodging options, vacation packages, activities, event tickets and more with one simple phone call. Our local travel experts are here, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help you customize your California vacation. With all these options, it's still ONE EASY choice.
      • THIS OCTOBER, SEE FALL COLORS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

        Evening temperatures will dip into the 30's and 40's, which provide perfect conditions for leaves to turn. From October to November, Mother Nature transforms Big Bear Lake into a sea of gold, crimson, amber and yellow. Big Bear’s fall season is ideal for those who want to escape for a day or take a mini-vacation to experience the splendor of Big Bear's autumn hues. These remarkable fall colors appear only once a year and are expected to peak the third week of October.

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